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2010 May Floods - 05/01/14

Walking through the FOX 17 newsroom just now, I was reminded that today marks the 4-year anniversary of the start of that terrible stretch of days back in 2010 when the rain seemed to never stop.

Flooding, as a result, took lives and changed lives.  It was an unbelievable time in Nashville and surrounding cities.

The picture you see to the right was taken when the sunshine finally peeked through the cloudy sky again, and the waters receded.  Many of my colleagues and I were relieved to finally get back to normal.

FOX 17 is located adjacent to the Cumberland River, and we were forced to evacuate our station during the May floods.  The second picture attached to this blog shows you what our parking lot looked like then.

Putting together newscasts was tricky during this time.  When we were allowed back to work, it was only for a few hours each day.  Just long enough to produce a 9:00 newscast.

I won't ever forget what it was like in May of 2010, and I don't think I'll ever work faster!

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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